Why regulators extend Nigeria’s NIN-SIM verification exercise till June 30 ─NCC, NIMC

*The regulators say the postponement of the NIN-SIM verification deadline results from the request by stakeholders for an extension till June 30 in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following the request by stakeholders in the telecoms ecosystem for an extension to make it easier for all consumers and legal residents in the country to register, the Federal Government has extended the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to June 30, 2021.

Recall the earlier deadline was June 6, but that has been extended by three more weeks.

ConsumerConnect reports the latest extension was sequel to a recent virtual meeting chaired by Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, Honourable Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, and attended Prof. Adeolu Akande, Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCC, and Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director-General/CEO of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, and Kayode Adegoke, Head of Corporate Communications at NIMC, in a joint statement Tuesday, May 3 said disclosed that the postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till June 30 so as to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents in the country to register.

The statement also said that significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process as almost 54 million consumers have obtained their National Identification Numbers (NINs), translating into about 190 million mobile numbers.

They stated that empirical evidence has suggested that each unique NIN maps to three to four phone lines in the country.

The much-awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments, the statement noted.

Telecom providers and other enrolment agents have also opened several centres across Nigeria in order to enable more eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs, said the statement.

It is also noted that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of the National Identity Number for accessing several government services.

This is similar to the use of Social Security Number and National Insurance Number for accessing services in the United States of America and United Kingdom respectively.

The authorities added as the government approved the extension of registration as part of the Federal Government’s efforts at making it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN, it is important for consumers to take advantage of the extension.

The Minister commended Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.

Dr. Pantami reiterated the government’s commitment to continuing taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration in Nigeria.

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